Smuggler caught with £3m of coke at airport
A MAN who attempted to smuggle £3.3m of cocaine in cling-film wrapped packages through Heathrow Airport has been jailed.
Danovan Silveria Bull was stopped by Border Force officers at Terminal 5 after a detector dog indicated to its handler that drugs may be present in his luggage.
The 44-year-old was arrested for possession of a Class A drug, and later charged with possession with intent to supply drugs following an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).
He pleaded guilty and was jailed for six years at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday January 21.
Bull, a Jamaican national living in Hickmore Walk, Clapham, had arrived on a domestic flight from Aberdeen on December 19, 2015.
A search of his bags uncovered a number of clingfilm-wrapped packages which tested positive in a cocaine field test.
A later examination confirmed there was around 21kg of cocaine, with a street value of around £3.3 million.
Phil Douglas, Border Force Heathrow director, said: “Border Force officers are the front line in the fight against smuggling and play a crucial role in protecting the UK from illegal drugs and other contraband.
“I hope the substantial prison sentence handed to Bull serves as a deterrent to others who would consider trafficking or trading in cocaine.
“Working with our colleagues in the NCA we are determined to do all we can to prevent drugs reaching UK streets and ensure those responsible are put behind bars.”
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call the hotline on 0800 595000.
n JAILED: Danovan Silveria Bull admitted the charge